Welcome to Marathon Florida
Marathon Florida was only incorporated in 1999, though settled much earlier, it has become known for its warm climate, clear Caribbean waters, amazing beaches, and barrier reef.
Spread across a 10-mile-long family-oriented island community, it is conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain: 3 hours southwest of Miami, Key Largo is 1 hour east, and Key West is 1 hour west. With a tropical savanna climate, Marathon is hot and wet from May through October, and warm and dry from November through April (although, hurricane season is June – November 30).
With a Marathon Florida is a topical playland for fishing groups and families alike. It boasts one of the latest varieties of fish in the world, has amazing snorkeling and scuba excursions, endless water sports, and lush nature trails and birdwatching. Don’t forget the amazing sunsets and beautiful beaches. Read more about the many activities Marathon has to offer.
The name Marathon dates back to the origin of the Florida East Coast Railroad, a project of Standard Oil principal Henry Flagler Railroad workers (working night and day) who often complained that “this is getting to be a real marathon.”
The islands of Marathon Florida are Boot Key, Knight Keys, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl and Little Crawl Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key, Fat Deer Key, Long Pine Key, and Grassy Key.
Before the railroad, the settlers here were farmers, wreckers, and fishermen. To this day, Marathon maintains its claim to some of the best fishing in the world. Great fishing, along with beautiful beaches, warm weather, and residents proud to call Marathon home are some of the reasons many visitors from all over the world choose to spend time in Marathon, the Heart of the Florida Keys.
Marathon is an activity and nature-lovers delight, with abundant wild sea life, birds, and animals; and yes, hunting is available.
marathon is 9.76 sq miles, located 2:30 hours from Miami (by car, 3-4 hours by bus). KeyWest is an additional 1:15 hours from Marathon. Click below for travel links.